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Nothing You Are Thinking is Healthy, Sir

I woke this morning to find myself verbally assaulted by two dogs and a squirrel on the way to my vehicle.

Today's thesis discussion was on ancient Roman art and its potential today through Graphic Design meant to last for generations.

It concluded with discussion on how the banking system fucked over little old ladies, and how obscurity through unnecessary complexity (to achieve legal loopholes) has made a generation of villainized victims and a culture that does not see consequence until the issue is irreparable and the consequence is directly nailing them in the face with its phallus.

Today has been a good day.
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Added: 5 years, 11 months ago
5 years, 11 months ago
But what did the birds have to say?? http://i.imgur.com/GbxEU.gif
5 years, 11 months ago
....aaand if you're a substitute teacher like I am, you can see a culture that does not see consequence first hand.  It isn't as bad as I initially thought, but it's there.  About the only thing that seems to be alive and well with each succeeding generation is respect.  God, I hope we never lose that.
5 years, 11 months ago
I don't know... Respect is something that has to be earned. With that in mind, it means that to get them to respect authority, authority will have to earn it out of each of them individually. It'd be so much easier if the next generation didn't need its ass handed to it before it could humble itself.

Aside from that though... I don't know if I'm a fan of this new mentality at all. I understand someone experimenting with something because one wants to learn the consequences behind it, but it's absolutely frustrating to know that acting without consideration of consequence is becoming a norm. A lot of those morals we grew up with, "if everyone's jumping off a bridge, are you going to do it too?" won't make sense unless we actually explain how painful the inescapable  impact with the water/rocks will be and how they'll lose their lives... and even then it won't be something they'd fight against until they're actually being shoved over the bridge themselves.

what is this thing, fueling those people..? Is it lack of conscience, lack of foresight, lack of morality or lack of common sense?
5 years, 11 months ago
I think it's combination of all those things.  Indeed respect is something that has to be earned, but it also has to be taught.  As a teacher, I can't expect the students to respect me if I don't first respect them.  The funny thing about authority is that in and of itself -- you must lead by example.  I can't do that if I'm constantly shushing the students, and although I can take another person's advice on how to handle a classroom full of kids, I must first show them compassion above all else, because that leads to trust and respect.

All in all, I do think we've become a lazy society where some parents just don't care about the success of their children, especially when said parents went to the same school as their kids are going to now.  It's really difficult to give a slap on the wrist when you can no longer do it, and finding creative ways to discipline children is becoming more and more of a challenge in our softening society.  But, among those things you mention, and I think it's the biggest culprit of them all -- ignorance.  People are simply not willing to accept that there even is a problem until it's staring them down in the face.  It completely countermands any attempt to thwart little problems before they become big ones.  It pains me to see some of these kids who don't really understand the consequences of their actions, only to be yelled at and shouted down by authority -- all of it without really knowing any reason why.

I can see why a child would become defensive in that circumstance, but the one thing we as adults fail to do for our kids (and this is something that has transcended generations) -- -- we simply fail to acknowledge how smart and tactful they really are.
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